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Tye by Bandarai Tye by Bandarai
The burrowing owl really is a unique animal.
They can sprint as well as fly in order to hunt, and they also display an amazing example of acoustic Batesian mimicry.
Plus, they smol.

I've personally never had the pleasure of working with one, but my boss has told me stories of one that she hand raised many years ago - he was called Tye. :heart:
Whilst I had no photographs of Tye himself to reference of, I found an amazing stock reference photo by blepfo that I worked closely from.
Gonna give the original drawing to my boss for her birthday. I sure hope she likes it. <3

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In a recent poll, you guys voted for me to draw an owl.
Vote for the next thing I draw here!


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Some of my other bird related artwork:

Adios by Bandarai The Theory Of Everything by Bandarai Kip by Bandarai

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WIPs and more of my art can be found on my Tumblr!

Pencil, Pastels, Metallic Ink, and white Gel Pen on A4 Paper.

Reference © blepfo
Artwork © Bandarai
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:iconsuzidragonlady:
suzidragonlady Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that's so realistic, the details are amazing there + OWL = just great. :D
Oh yeah I just love owls.
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Bandarai Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
Ohh gosh, thank you very much! :D 

(I love owls too! But... that may be obvious. :lol:)
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Teisol Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Wow, you completely NAILED the feather texture o.o You have such an incredible eye for details and proportions!! Like everybody else is saying, it looks like a black and white photo!!! I also love that you saved the pure blacks for the eyes. It makes them so striking and I feel like I can't look away, as if they're drawing me in. They look like shiny pearls, and I just want to pet/scratch this owl so badly - it's so cute!! I'm going to be really surprised if your boss didn't LOVE this!Heart 

It definitely would be a blessing to be able to meet an owl at some point ;_; I have yet to have the honor myself. Definitely a worthy thing to put on a life goals list 8D Along with seeing penguins. They just make me so happy and I hope I can see one someday. For now, I guess youtube videos will have to suffice ;A;

Amazing and beautiful work Heart 
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Bandarai Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
Waaaa, this comment really made my day to read. ;_; Thank you so very much, you're too kind! :heart:

You have to meet an owl if you get the chance! They're such cool critters. All with their own different personalities. :D

Ohh, penguins are SO amazing! My favourite are the fairy penguins. I saw my first ones of those on holiday a few years ago at the Bronx zoo. They're so small. And so BLUE. ;.;

Anyways, thank you again for the lovely comment! <3
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tpallier Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous artwork with loads of amazing detail 👍
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Gosh, thank you! :D
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Wyvernadas Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018   Digital Artist
Wow, this is stunning, it looks like a photo! I really like the metallic ink splashes too, that tiny bit of colour is a really nice addition
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Gosh, thank you ever so much!  Glad you think so! :heart:
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ThorinFrostclaw Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww heck you and your amazing traditional skills.

It's amazing and impressive AS HELL.
Look at that owly. LOOK AT IT.
The anatomy is spot on! The feathers...oh my god, the feathers!!
The layers are...amazing. Just...amazing. That throat area, I just want to pet the owl. It looks so soft. ;-; And then there're these big beautiful eyes too....staring with their deep black pools... ;---;

Amazing. Just amazing. :love:
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018
Gosshh these comments of yours. ;.; Thank you so much, love! Means a lot to hear :heart:

(I am sorry for the reply spam btw ;.; :heart:)
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Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing! WOW! Such great shadings! :) 
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Thank you so much! ;_; :heart:
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xWintermondx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, those deep eyes *o*
And the details on the beak and feathers <3
No wonder your anatomy is always so good, you'r great at realism!
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Gotta love bird eyes. <3

Thank you so much! ;_; :heart:
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:iconwolfenwinter:
wolfenwinter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is amazing :) great work. The feathers look amazingly smooth.
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Thank you so much! Glad you think so! ;_; :heart:
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:icongraupe:
Graupe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Wow, this is incredible!
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
;_; Thank you!~
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:icongraupe:
Graupe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
Welcome!
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asari13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thanks!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh well done! And I have a great fondness for burrowing owls. :)
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thank you! 

I can understand that. They are cool little critters :D
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CasualGoshawk Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This drawing is so perfect!
Burrowing Owls are so magically derpy, the center I work at used to have one that passed away over a year ago. His name was Spartacus and he was such a dork, I highly recommend Burrowing Owls cx
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Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thank you so much! <3

Aaah yes, lots of people that work with them are all telling me they’re such characters. XD One day I will work with one! I am determined! ;.;
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CasualGoshawk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! :D

At this point it's pretty much my dream to just surround myself with them xD They all have such goofy personalities, Sparti did what I liked to call a "war dance" where he'd go up on his tip toes and move his head around. The funniest part was if you did it at him he would do it back xD 
They are such goofs!
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CandyyGlass Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
10/10 would pat the floof bird
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
:lol:

I do really wish owls enjoyed being petted. ;.; 
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018   Writer
Wonderful feather detail. He looks cute and soft ^^
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconcelestial-rainstorm:
Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thank you! ;.;
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:iconkirstenmarquisart:
kirstenmarquisart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is perfect!
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Thank you! ;.;
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kirstenmarquisart Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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Key-1000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh those eyes are so enchanting. And the detail and fluff of the feathers is gorgeous!
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018
Gosh, thank you ever so much ;.; :heart:
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:iconnoxaunu:
Noxaunu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
awesome detail! you did a really great job :D
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018
Gosh, thank you so much ;.; :heart:
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:iconfreebirdartda:
FreeBirdArtDA Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! :wow: This looks so freaking good! This makes me really want to get into traditional art more! :love:
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018
Aahh thank you! :heart:

You totally should! It’s a totally different challenge, but very fun. :D
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FreeBirdArtDA Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime :hug:
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